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Memorable musical moments! Charismatic, super-experienced violinist; BBC to Glastonbury, Ed Sheeran to Beethoven - you name it I've done it!
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Rewriting my biog! Here's the boring formal one whilst you're waiting ;) ** Simon Hewitt Jones records and broadcasts widely as a solo violinist, concertmaster, teacher, writer, chamber musician, music researcher and leader of the Fifth Quadrant (5Q) music collective. He is involved extensively with projects that explore the intersection of music, technology, education, and cultural diplomacy. Simon’s solo and chamber music performances have been featured internationally in festivals and TV/Radio throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East, including NPR’s Performance Today and BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. His first recording as a soloist with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia was released in December 2016. His debut chamber music recording won a BBC Music Magazine ‘Premiere’ award. He tours extensively in the UK, and has appeared at most of the UK’s major venues, including the Bridgewater Hall, the Barbican and the South Bank Centre. Simon has contributed extensively to commercial projects for Universal Music, and his string section has recorded sessions for EMI, Virgin, Naxos and the BBC. He has played and recorded for artists such as Massive Attack, Elton John and Ed Sheeran, and arranged a string section for Deltron3030 at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. Simon's ensemble has worked extensively with corporate clients including Deutsche Bank, Waitrose, the Future Laboratory, and many others. Simon is a regular guest concertmaster of orchestras and ensembles in the UK, Europe and Middle East. He is currently working on a research project at the Royal Academy of Music, exploring systems of violin pedagogy. He is the founder of ViolinSchool, an online school for the violin, and also runs a private violin teaching practice in London. Simon is the grandson of composers Tony and Anita Hewitt Jones. His father Tim is a cellist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and brother Thomas is a composer.

Classical, Christmas, Contemporary classical, Early music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Medieval music, Film / TV music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Light music, Easy listening, Experimental, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Motown, Hip Hop, World music, Arabic, Australian music, Bossa nova, Bollywood, Bavarian oompah, Caribbean music, Cuban music, German music, French music, Flamenco, Brazilian music, Calypso, Hawaiian music, Greek music, Indian music, Klezmer, Jewish music, Italian music, Latin, Mariachi, Polka, Polish music, Russian music, Reggae, Samba, Scottish music, Spanish music, Tango, Salsa
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Event types:
Recording session, Concert, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, MC, Live looping, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Music therapy, Composition teaching, Community music worker, Musicologist, Animateur
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Song list

I'm a studio quality reader and am happy to play pretty much anything at fairly short notice, in any of the styles listed on my profile.
If there's a specific piece of music that you need for an event, my team will track it down at cost price. If it's not available, I can arrange bespoke arrangements at below market rates via the editorial team at ViolinSchool.
Classical repertoire includes all major violin works e.g. Vivaldi Four Seasons, Bach Double Concerto, Bruch Concerto, and most of the major violin repertoire.
Wide range of Folk and Jazz standards as listed on profile. Setlist design available on request.
Here is just a very small sample of pieces / songs I have available immediately - all can be accompanied either with piano or harmonic/bass accompaniment (e.g. guitar, cello, accordion, etc.)
William Tell
Suo Gân
The Water is Wide
Singing in the Rain
Amazing Grace
Theme from Swan Lake
Schubert - Rosamunde
Yankee Doodle
Bourrée in E minor
Barcarolle - Offenbach
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Paganini - 24th Caprice
The Young Prince and Princess
Spring from the Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Prélude from L'Arlésienne
Habanera from Carmen
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Chopin - Prelude No. 7
The Swan
The Kirsch in the Fondue
Bach - Air
Chopin - Prelude No. 15 - Raindrop
Home Sweet Home
La Réjouissance
Pastime with Good Company
Fiocco - Allegro - 2 Violins
Radetzky March - Strauss
Après un Rêve
Jupiter - The Bringer of Jollity
Ave Maria - Bach / Gounod
The Cuckoo (Le Coucou)
Bach - Inventions (2 violins)
Schubert - Ave Maria
El Choclo
Massenet - Meditation
Shepherd's Hey
The Can-Can
Bartok Duos (2 violins)
Tango - Por Una Cabeza
I am the Doctor
Albinoni Adagio
Pastime with Good Company
Vivaldi Gloria
Ave Maria (Gounod/Bach)
La Folia
La Réjouissance
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Andante from Divertimento in D major
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Hungarian Rhapsody
Bohemiam Rhapsody
Bach Airs and Dances
To The Greenwood
Ragtime, Serenade and Rumba
Chanson Triste
Largo from New World
The Entertainer
Scarborough Fair
Handel's Hallelujah
Air by Handel
Ode to Joy
The Irish Washerwoman
In An English Country Garden
Swanee River
Rondeau from Abdelazer
Pachelbel Canon
Largo from Winter by Vivaldi
Cockles and Mussels
Brahms - Lullaby
Autumn by Vivaldi
The Can-Can
Jingle Bells
Trumpet Menuet
Deck the Halls
In the Bleak Midwinter
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
... and many more!
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I play violin. Accompaniment options include piano (if you have one), keyboard (if you don't), cello, viola, string quartet, accordion, ceildh band, drums, guitar, any and all combinations of the above. Open to other combinations too. It all depends on the scope of your event and the styles you need.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Contact us straight away and we'll do our very best to help make it work.

How much time do you need to set up?

Not a lot. We can be very flexible if necessary. Once we understand the detail of your event, we can give you a very precise answer to this question if it is needed!

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes. I'll listen carefully to understand *exactly* the musical moment / impact / memory that you need to create. Then we'll guide you towards the best possible options. Any 'must-have' music choices will be built into the setlist at this point!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. Entirely self-contained. And easy to move around. Our former agent in Wales once said to us "I just love booking you ... you're so ... so ... *portable*"

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes. If you need us to source or arrange sheet music, this can be done at cost price. If there is a specific piece of music that you need which is not already in my repertoire, I can likely prepare it - please ask for a quote.


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Harry F, 3 years ago

Great - a fantastic musician who's a great communicator too

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The T, 13 years ago

"Thank you so much for last night! The music was wonderful and made the evening perfect. Lots of our guests commented on how lovely it was to hear music as they walked up towards the terrace. As you no doubt saw the party went extremely well and everybody left happy and quite a few left a little worse for wear (but with journos you kind of expect it....) I will certainly be recommending you to anyone who enquires about last night or wants a string trio/quartet for a function". - A. Patton, Daily Telegraph, London

Private C, 12 years ago

"Please add to your testimonials that Stephen and me cannot speak too highly of you and your musicians. Getting our post-wedding garden party right was very important, and we wanted to be different from the usual. We had guests from 10 to 80, and they all loved you. (Some of them musicians, too, and difficult to please.) The ambience you created was perfect, with music that was a joy to hear, without making conversation impossible. You do what you say you are going to do, when you say you will do it, at a very affordable price. We will have to have another party soon, just so we can book you again". - C. Longman - Private Client, Hampshire

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